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Health/Social Emotional Education for School and Community Certificate

  • Credits:
    12
  • Degree:
    Graduate Certificate

Program Description

Learn to effectively teach skills-based health education grounded in state and national standards. This program combines public health and social emotional education to provide advanced training for school and community educators. Course assessments are aligned with Massachusetts performance indicators and the National Health Education Standards.

What Is Health Education and Social and Emotional Learning?

Health education encompasses a broad range of programs and learning experiences designed to improve the health of individuals and communities. Health education specialists work in schools, community organizations, government agencies, health care facilities, and businesses.

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is concerned with the skills, attitudes, and behaviors that contribute to a student’s overall wellbeing. Examples include managing emotions in a healthy way, responsible decision making, and conflict resolution.

Who Is the Health/Social Emotional Education for School and Community Certificate Designed For?

This certificate is for physical educators, community and public health educators, and wellness and fitness center employees who want current knowledge of health and how to teach it effectively. 

Cambridge College Health Education Program Highlights

Take the next step in your education and career. If you’re interested in a career as a public health educator, this certificate program offers a convenient and affordable option designed to fit your busy schedule.

  • Flexible class options. Balance work, family, and education with the help of flexible course schedules designed for working professionals that include day, evening, weekend, and online class availability.
  • Experienced faculty. Work closely with health education specialists who bring extensive research and real-world experience to the classroom.
  • Exceptional value. Save on tuition at Cambridge College—one of the most affordable four-year private nonprofit colleges in the United States.
  • Diverse students. Work with other adult learners from all over the world at one of the most ethnically diverse colleges in the nation.
  • Convenient location. Save time and money getting to school. All our campuses are close to public transportation and/or offer free parking for students throughout the year.

Health educators rank #6 in U.S. News and World Report’s list of Best Education Jobs, based on data about salary, unemployment rate, and stress.

Health Education Certificate Learning Outcomes

This program provides the skills and training to implement health and SEL education based on Massachusetts performance indicators and the National Health Education Standards. You’ll learn how human growth and development, social-emotional learning, and sexual health affect adolescents and their families. You’ll also learn about diversity in sexual orientation and gender identity.

Jobs in Health Education and Public Health

These are just a few examples of potential career pathways for certified health education specialists:

  • Community Health Educator
  • School Health Educator
  • Youth Outreach Coordinator
  • Health Counselor
  • Health Coach
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Health Program Analyst
  • Health and Wellness Coordinator

Health Education Salary

According to recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage for health educators in the United States is $59,010. Health educator salaries will vary based on your experience, where you live, and the type of setting in which you work.

Example Health Education Certificate Courses

In addition to two required courses, the health education certificate features a variety of elective course options that are 

selected from the initial licensure courses of the Skills-Based Health/Social Emotional Learning master’s program, such as:

  • Promoting Wellness: Building Positive Health/Social Emotional Behavior
  • Preventing Unintentional Injury and Violence
  • Promoting Mental/SEL Health Through School-Based Intervention

Download the Health/Social Emotional Education for School and Community program sheet.

 

 

Related Programs at Cambridge College

If you’re still exploring degree options, you might be interested in learning more about these programs at Cambridge College:

Curriculum


Health Education Required Courses
6
Credits
Implementing Curriculum in the Health/SEL Classroom
EHE 622 3 credit(s)

Implementing skills-based health/SEL education in the health classroom provides teacher candidates with the knowledge and skill to design and implement skills-based health/SEL education based on state and national standards. Candidates access and analyze youth risk behavior data, use backwards design, infuse performance indicators, and plan assessment and instruction, including a skills-based unit and lesson plans. Course assessments are aligned with MA PSTs and SMKs. Pre-practicum experience required.

Teaching About Human Sexuality
EHE 632

Learn how human growth and development, social emotional learning, and sexual health affect adolescents and their families. Diversity in sexual orientation and gender identity are also examined. Demographic research, class discussions, activities, and development of a skills-based lesson prepare the candidate to teach age and culturally appropriate sexuality lessons that address reproductive health, family values, social emotional learning, sexual orientation and gender identity. Course assessments are aligned with MA PSTs and SMKs. Pre-practicum experience required.

Health Education Electives
6
Credits

Choose two courses.

Principles of Health/Social Emotional Promotion and Public Health Issues
EHE 613 3 credit(s)

Acquire the knowledge and health/social emotional skill to teach children to develop and maintain healthy behaviors, to identify public and community health agencies, resources and prevention practices youth need to protect themselves, their families, and communities from life-threatening and disabling conditions. Assessments include analysis of case studies, a literature review, health awareness campaign, public health unit, and a community service learning project. Course assessments are aligned with MA PSTs and SMKs. Pre-practicum experience required.

Promoting Wellness: Building Positive Health/Social Emotional Behavior
EHE 642 3 credit(s)

Learn how nutrition, physical activity and fitness impact learning and prevent cardiovascular and pulmonary disease. The course identifies key nutrients, analyzes media messages, utilizes dietary and fitness guidelines, and designs strategies to develop and monitor progress in achieving personal goals for lifetime health/social emotional behavior. Candidates conduct a mini-lesson, host a school-wide event, conduct a school health index, and build a skills-based unit. Course assessments are aligned with MA PSTs and SMKs. Pre-practicum experience required.

Preventing Unintentional Injury and Violence
EHE 652 3 credit(s)

Learn to teach the knowledge and health/social emotional skills to help youth avoid injury and violence. Examine research, behavioral surveys, resources for students affected by violence, science-based curricula, negotiation and mediation skills, bullying, sexual harassment and assault, domestic violence, homophobia and racism. Assessments include evaluating curriculum, making group presentations, presenting a mini-lesson, creating a resource book, and designing and implementing violence prevention curriculum. Course assessments are aligned with MA PSTs and SMKs. Pre-practicum experience required.

Health-SEL Skills for Risk Reduction and Positive Behavior Change
EHE 682 3 credit(s)

Examine the factors that contribute to youth risk behaviors and positive behavior change. Using the state and national standards, candidates learn pedagogical strategies to reduce risk behaviors, increase protective factors and social emotional learning, encourage positive behavior change, and promote the development of youth leadership and social responsibility. Assessments include the implementation of a mini-lesson and a community advocacy project. Pre-practicum experience required.

Promoting Mental/SEL Health Through School-Based Intervention
EHE 662 3 credit(s)

Learn to identify youth who need school-based intervention and how to refer to professional counseling, psychological and social services. Investigate and assess student assistance models, access to mental/social emotional health services,and practice strategies that assist youth to build resilience, communicate constructively with peers and families, manage stress, and seek help. Through case studies, acquire the knowledge and skills to promote mental/social emotional health. Course assessments are aligned with MA PSTs and SMKs. Pre-practicum experience required.

Improving School Health/SEL Through Coordination
EHE 672 3 credit(s)

The effectiveness of skills-based health/social emotional learning is increased when it is part of a coordinated approach where school staff, administration, family and the community cooperate, collaborate and coordinate to support the health of students, staff, and the school community. Build and implement a coordinated school health program by using data, information technology, research, and collaboration while recognizing the unique academic, cultural and language needs of students. Course assessments are aligned with MA PSTs and SMKs.

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Admissions

  • Admission Test:

    No standardized graduate school tests required for admission into non-licensure programs.

  • Admissions Office:
    1-800-829-4723
  • Application Form:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)

School Requirements

See Admissions Requirements for School of Education

 

State Health Requirements

The Massachusetts Health Department and Cambridge College require the following of students in Massachusetts:

Immunizations – All students in Massachusetts are required to get certain immunizations before you can register for your first term. See form

Health Insurance – In Massachusetts, undergraduate students taking nine or more credits/term and graduate students taking six or more credits/term must enroll in the College’s health insurance plan. Students who have insurance with comparable coverage may request a waiver. See information and enroll or waive.

International Students 

International students are accepted at Massachusetts location only, and need to provide supplemental documentation:

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit

Graduate program applicants, please complete the transfer credit request form if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer. Learn more.

Undergraduate program applicants, once you are accepted, your official transcripts are evaluated for transfer credit.

 

Tuition

  • Credits:
    12
  • Cost per credit hour:
    $574
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $3,415 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.

Note: Rates are as of July 2019, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

Financial Aid

Cambridge College offers financial aid to students in our degree programs who are enrolled at least half time. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits each term. Graduate and doctoral students must be enrolled in at least 4 credits each term. Learn more

Grants, Scholarships and Loans

Cambridge College welcomes the opportunity to support your efforts to pay for college.  Federal, state and local resources in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and work-study, including Cambridge College Scholarships, are available to help defray the cost of tuition. Learn more

Getting Your Company to Help

Many companies have tuition assistance programs, designed to help their employees with their professional development. Learn more

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